Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trick or Treat

By Courtney Westlake

Halloween has come and gone, but most likely all of the candy from the holiday is still laying around the house, tempting you every day.

"You probably don't think it fits into your healthy lifestyle, but there are some choices that are better than others," said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs at the TRAC.

For example, fun-sized Almond Joys are packed with 100 calories and five grams of fat, three of which are saturated fat, so try to stay away from those, Jillson said. Candy corn, Tootsie Rolls, Caramel Chews and Starburst - candy that you might think is on the healthier side - also aren't necessarily best choices.

"If you do want to treat yourself with leftover Halloween candy, try some Cherry Twizzler Nibs. You can eat 22 pieces of them, for about 100 calories and no fat," Jillson said. "The fun-sized Three Musketeers and Skittles are OK too, as well as Caramel Apple Pops, which actually last a while, so it helps to satisfy your sweet tooth too."

One of the best things you can do is focus on moderation, Jillson said.

"Try not to overindulge yourself on the leftovers from Halloween, but it is OK to have treat," she said. "Try having one a day or making a healthier option when given the choice. Remember: dark chocolate over milk chocolate, skittles over candy corn. Just keep in mind that moderation is key."